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I am finishing up an essay, and my teacher has marked on my essay that there should be a comma before every set of quotation marks.
I had commas where I deemed suitable, but in some instances I find that the use of a comma would make the sentence sound really weird.
For example, sentences in the form of
All morning, Adam "avoided saying anything to Bob that required a form of address", referring to him only as "him", or "the kid".
To me, it sounds weird to have it become
All morning, Adam, "avoided saying anything to Bob that required a form of address", referring to him only as, "him", or, "the kid".
Can someone please explain to me whether I should use commas in places demonstrated above, and the general rule for this?
Edit: I specifically am looking for the answer of whether there should be commas before quotes that are integrated into the sentence, where the quote directly flows from the introductory text.